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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Martha Colburn

Rip it Up

March 26, 2020

Martha Colburn

Filmmaker, artist, and animator Martha Colburn’s films examine the complex dynamics of contemporary life, politics, and society. Colburn works for years on a single project, and her films result from intensive research and meticulously rendered stop-motion animations. Through photography, collage, painting, and puppetry, Colburn uses handmade aesthetics to create touching, personal, and unforgettable narratives. Her film Metamorfoza was included in the 2017 B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany. Colburn is a Creative Capital grant recipient for Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand, a densely textured documentary about the making of a film about the famed German author Karl May. She is a frequent featured artist at the Sundance Film Festival, where she initiated the “New Frontiers” film and video installation program in 2007 with her film Meet Me in Wichita. Colburn was also a featured artist at the opening of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, with a live performance of films and music. Her work is in the collections at MOMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and her film Triumph of the Wild is permanently on show at the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany.

Co-presented with the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.